The streets of the old town of Funchal are a wonderful area to explore. Down alongside the seafront where the cable cars gently drift overhead, you can lose yourself among the lanes and twisting alleys peppered with chic independent shops and restaurants popular with locals as well as tourists. Just tucked behind the beachfront properties runs the Rua de Santa Maria filled with a series of colourful eclectic doorways painted in a host of different styles, inviting you to simply stroll from one to the next and discover the artistic talents of Madeira.
Along this street you will find the delightful Mozart Restaurant which manages to deliver a classy experience worthy of its namesake while offering the chance to also simply relax and let the world pass you by. The restaurant has two separate outdoor dining spaces, so you can sit among the hustle and bustle of the Rua de Santa Maria, or gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean and watch the birds swirling overhead.
You can also head inside this deceptively large and elegant restaurant and get away from it all, surrounded by homages to Mozart and fellow composers.
We started our meal with a beautifully assembled dish of prawns with a coconut risotto which was perfectly suited to the coastal setting. The plate was simple and packed with flavour.
My starter of tofu with an array of colourful veggies could have done with a little more flavour yet was tasty enough.
The children absolutely loved their pasta dishes which were perfect for them. They were the ideal mix of simplicity and taste, and they tucked in delightedly to the tagliatelle and home-made creamy tomato sauce.
There are a host of options on the restaurant’s A la Carte menu including soups, meat and fish choices such as this baked white grouper, again beautifully presented and cooked with a champagne sauce.
I selected an asparagus and mushroom risotto which really hit the spot and was just right. There were plenty of Italian and Mediterranean influences on all the plates which really worked and combined perfectly with the touches of Madeiran cuisine.
We finished the meal with some really tasty desserts including a huge chocolate fondant cake with ice cream which again was perfectly presented and absolutely delicious.
I loved how the chocolate truffles which accompanied the coffees came in a little wooden box featuring Mozart – it was a lovely touch and a great way to round off a delicious meal before heading back along the streets with the painted doorways and exploring more of the old city.
You can find out more about the Mozart Restaurant in Funchal at their website.
We were guests of the Mozart Restaurant for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.